In his first development season as solo principal of Dark Toy Entertainment, Emmy-winning director-producer Todd Holland has set up single-camera half-hour comedy The Homefront at ABC. It hails from ABC Studios, where Dark Toy is under a deal.
Written by Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock), The Homefront is described as “Everybody Loves Raymond meets American Sniper.” Loosely based on the life of McGuinness, whose father is a retired Green Beret, it centers on a retired Green Beret who comes back to the U.S. and moves near his grown daughter and grandkids, only to find that it’s easier to face death every day than to live in the suburbs.
McGuinness will write the script and will executive produce with Holland, who is set to direct. At Dark Toy, the project is overseen by executive Jason Serota.
This marks Holland’s return to the single-camera comedy genre where he had success with Fox’s Malcolm In The Middle, earning two directing Emmys.
From 2010 until fall of 2014, Holland was partnered at Dark Toy with Karey Burke who left to take a top programming job at ABC Family. Holland is coming off directing two pilots that went to series, ABC Family drama Stitchers and another single-camera family comedy, ABC’s upcoming The Real O’Neals. He is repped by WME.
McGuinness is repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobsen.